Silwervis is a proud member of the Swartland Independent – a group of winemakers based in the Swartland region of South Africa who make wines according to the following principles:
- An Independent wine must be grown entirely in the Swartland and carry “Wine of Origin Swartland” on its label.
- It must also be vinified, matured and bottled in the Swartland.
- An Independent producer will bottle at least 80% of his wine production under his own labels.
- One of our core values is that the wines carrying our logo must be naturally produced. By this we understand a minimum of manipulation in both vineyard and cellar; so that a Swartland Independent wine:
• has no inoculated yeast, or added yeast supplement
• will not be acidified
• has no added tannin
• will not be chemically fined
• will not undergo any tehnological process (reverse osmosis) which will alter the constitution of the wine
- Certain varieties have shown themselves to be particularly suited to expressing Swartland conditions. A Swartland Independent wine must consist only the following grape varieties:
• Red wine: Syrah/shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache noir, Carignan, Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca, Pinotage
• White wine: Chenin blanc, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette blanche, Palomino (Fransdruif/Vaalblaar), Sémillon (Groendruif), Muscat Alexandrie, Muscat d’Frontignan, Colombard and Verdelho.
- Because heavy oaking can “mask” the essence of the grape, no Swartland Independent wine may be aged with more than 25% kept in new wood as a component. All wood needs to be of European origin.
- All wines of the Independent must be bottled in a “Burgundy shape” bottles.
For more information, news and updates regarding the Swartland Independent go to their website http://www.swartlandindependent.co.za